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The White Cliffs and Dover Castle

15th & 17th June 2015                                                                                     Photos by Hetty

We parked by the National Trust’s visitor centre at The White Cliffs and walked to the South Foreland Lighthouse

On the way we saw some rabbits

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We had a very interesting guided tour of the South Foreland Lighthouse (National Trust) (built 1846)

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Walking back we can see the Port of Dover

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Next we went to Dover Castle (English Heritage), where there is a lot to see, so we came back another day as well.

There may have been an iron age hill fort here, and the Romans built a lighthouse. William the Conqueror strengthen the defences in 1066. As it is such a strategic site, this has been a military castle continuously from the 1180s until 1958, so is not ruined.

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The site is so big they have a free land train. By the 1250s the castle had reached the extent is is todayS1057798 copy


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S1057801 copyThe Great Tower has been decorated inside as it may have looked in medieval times, when it was rebuilt as a palace in the 1180s.

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Mr H on the loo!

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The kitchens

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View of the Anglo-Saxon church and Roman lighthouse

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Anglo-Saxon church, and Roman lighthouse (to guide Roman ships into Dover harbour after AD43)

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The church was partly rebuilt in mediaeval times, and restored by the Victorians

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There are two lots of tunnels to visit with sound & vision stories ,

  • secret wartime tunnels (reused 18th century barracks)
  • the underground hospital (1940s)

as well as mediaeval tunnels

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Queen Elizabeth’s Pocket Pistol is a 24 ft cannon built in 1544

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Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay

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S1057956 copyOfficer’s new barracks

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S1057968 copyTrebouchet

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